Do you look after someone?
Carers at Rowden
The definition of carer is: “someone who is responsible for looking after another person” that could be someone who has a disability, someone ill or elderly. While it can in many situations, it doesn’t always mean you must be providing hands on physical care.
We understand not everyone would choose the word ‘Carer’, it might not feel relevant to you. You might be looking after someone with a mental health issue, someone with substance dependence, someone who needs a chaperone in social situations, a parent with memory issues or always being on the phone with someone who relies on your support. But we want to make sure you are still able to access the services available for supporting you!
If you look after someone, please let us know - we may be able to help!
Each day 6,000 new people in the UK become carers, looking after family or friends, and while we know that caring can be very rewarding, it can also be very challenging and can make it difficult to remember our own health and wellbeing.
We do our best to look after you, while you’re looking after someone else.
We work very closely with Carers Support Wiltshire and Rowden Surgery holds a Platinum Carers Accreditation and we pride ourselves on keeping carers the topic of discussion. We have held this award for two years and plan to continue our work in this feild.
Tracey Cooke is our carer topic lead and Mandy Merrett is our deputy topic lead.
We work very closely with Carers Support Wiltshire and Rowden Surgery holds a Platinum Carers Accreditation and we pride ourselves on keeping carers the topic of discussion. We have held this award for two years and plan to continue our work in this field.
Did you know that if you are a registered carer, you are eligible for a Flu vaccination? Please call to book an appointment from September onwards.
Carer's Support Wiltshire
Carer's Support Wiltshire offer help and advice for people who care for others. Please see this website for more information:
They’re here to make sure that no matter how complicated your query or your experience, you don’t have to care alone.
Telephone: 020 7378 4999
There is a wealth of information on NHS Choices about carers and caring. Below are some links into the site that we hope you will find useful.
- Caring for a parent
Watch this video on: caring for a parent at home
- Telling people
Caring responsibilities can make it difficult to maintain friendships or develop new ones. Telling your friends you're a carer is important so they understand and can support you.
- Taking a break
Caring for someone can be a full-time job, but it's essential that you take time out for yourself too. Read our guide to accessing breaks and respite.
- Housing and carers
Do you know your tenancy rights as a carer? Are you aware of all your care at home options? Do you need tips on moving someone around the home?
Finance and Law
Help claiming benefits, looking after your bank balance and understanding the legal issues of caring.
- Benefits for carers
Directing carers to the benefits that can help them in their caring role
- Benefits for the person you care for
Advice and information on helping the person you look after get the benefits that they are entitled to
- Death and benefits
How your benefits maybe affected after the death of the person you look after and what happens to their benefits
- Managing someone's legal affairs
Advice for when carers find they have to take over the legal affairs of the person they are looking after
- Other benefits
Advice for carers and the people they are looking after on claiming a whole host of other benefits unrelated to their disability or caring
- Personal and household finance
Advice on keeping a tight rein on household and personal finance for carers
- Social fund
Information on claiming tax credits and whether you might be eligible